In less than a week the man in red will be squeezing down chimneys to leave treasures for our children. The Chilmark Volunteer Firefighters have held their annual party as did the Library. Lights are glistening and sparkling all over town. Trees, wreaths, and poinsettias deck the halls along with boughs of holly. Gingerbread houses have been decorated and likely nibbled by little elves. Christmas cards are making their way to mailboxes around the globe. Mistletoe is hung in doorways for smoochable guests. Fires burn in wood stoves and fireplaces while families gather to tell stories of Christmas past, present and future.

Do you have a story you would like to share? Something historic? Something about your present day holiday plans? Email me: ’tis the time to share of ourselves.

Are you still shopping? I know I am. There’s a great opportunity to pick up some goodies from your favorite local vendors at the Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday, December 21, from 10 am to 1 pm You can find goodies for gifts and few things for yourself, too. Thank you to Linda Alley for always keeping me posted.

Billie Hancock arrived this week, after a shopping pit stop on the South Shore with daughter Buffy, to celebrate the holidays with her dear grandson, Christian Carroll. Buffy, Gil, and Christian will be sure to have the wood stove cranked up to keep Grannnie’s Florida bones warm. She always has such a nice time visiting with dear friends and family when she’s back up north.

The Chilmark School kids will be caroling around the center of town today with anyone that cares to join in the fun. A short stroll, a few classic songs and some hot cocoa will certainly boost the holiday spirit. Care to join? The group will gather at 3 pm outside the CCC to begin the journey. Bring a red hat and some bells to add to the merriness.

Pam Goff reminds us all that there will be a traditional candlelight service of lessons and carols at Chilmark Church, Christmas Eve at 5 pm. Sandra Atwood will bring her golden harp for all to enjoy. The children will fill the crèche and, as always, all are most welcome. Because of the holidays, there will be no soup supper Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, but it will resume service at 5:30 pm Tuesday, January 7.

Don’t forget to reach out to Janet Weidner and Tom Ruimerman, 508-645-7830, if you are interested in contributing to our USCG Station Menemsha family’s Christmas Eve dinner. Contributing some tasty food and good cheer will certainly boost the morale of those who stand watch on December 24.

Belated birthday wishes to Hope MacLeod. She had her cake before they depart for a Christmas in New Brunswick with Finnegan and Linden’s paternal side of the family.

Welcome back to the Glasgow family who travelled to North Carolina to help celebrate Molly’s brother’s 50th. She, Jakie, Noah, and Eric were thankful for the jumpstart they had at Logan upon their return but felt rather disappointed to find out that Pie in the Sky was having their staff party as they rolled through Woods Hole. There were no delicious goodies to tide them over during their wait to board the ferry.

Looking for a way to burn off a little bit of that mince pie or Christmas goose? Put on some comfy clothes and head down to the Yoga Collective at Co-Housing for Boxing Day yoga with Mollie Doyle. The class (9-10:30 am) is monetarily free but a donation of something for Chicken Alley Thrift Shop is requested. Reconnect with your inner self and some friends to boot.

Ghostlike in appearance, patient in personality, territorial, and defenders of their offspring describes the snowy owl. This beautiful Arctic breeder has been spotted in town and captured on film recently by many photographers. Soaring over Squibnocket, around Beetlebung Farm, and perched along tree lines, they are a glorious sight to see. These diurnal carnivorous birds’ average lifespan is about nine and a half years and their wingspan is about four and a half feet. They are a welcome addition to the wintery sky that has hunkered down around us.